Healing as a Whole Person from Drug and Alcohol Dependencies
Dependency to drugs and alcohol affects your entire being. You suffer physically, emotionally, mentally, and even spiritually when you ingest copious and dangerous amounts of any drug or alcoholic drink. Because your addiction affects every aspect of your being, it is unreasonable to think that a one-dimensional rehabilitation program will suffice when it comes to helping you recover wholly. When you want to heal completely as a whole person, you may be advised to search out programs that offer approaches like holistic based addiction treatment and after-care support services.
People give a variety of reasons for why they started using in the first place. You, for example, may have started using or drinking to mask an emotional or mental trauma inflicted on you at a young age. The substances you abuse help numb the pain that you do not want to deal with or confront. You also may have begun using after being introduced to a gateway substance like prescription painkillers or spray paint fumes. When you grew immune to those milder substances, you moved onto harder drugs like heroine, methamphetamine, cocaine, or other illegal narcotics. Regardless of whatever motivated you to use or drink, you more than likely impacted every aspect of your life, from the way that you relate to your family to the belief systems that keep you afloat spiritually from day to day. When you want to regain a sense of normality again and overcome the addictions that have so negatively affected your life, you need a treatment program that addresses every aspect of your addiction, not just one element of it.
When you check yourself into a program that offers such an encompassing approach, you may have the option to decide if you want to reside in the facility for a determined amount of time or if you would fare better as an outpatient client. If you are severely addicted to hard drugs like heroine, you may be ordered to check yourself into the facility as an in-patient client. Going through heroine withdrawals can be an intensely painful and gut-wrenching experience for which you will need professional support. If you are more stable and not addicted to harder substances like heroine, you may fare well with outpatient care. You will still meet with therapists and doctors daily or every other day; however, you will be allowed to home or to the home of a supportive friend or family member each day.
Regardless of what option you and your admissions team chooses for your treatment, you can expect to undergo various therapies designed to lessen and eventually wean you from your substances of choice that led to your addiction. When you are in a rehab that uses this approach, you cannot escape the mental trauma that led to your desire to use. You cannot mask the pain any longer. As uncomfortable as it might be to deal with emotional traumas from the past, you have the support from therapists and doctors who are trained to be sympathetic, yet objective to your pain. With their guidance, you can forgive, heal, and move on with your life without the temptation to use.
Likewise, healing from an addiction can be physically painful. Your body may experience deep muscular pain because it does not have the drugs to numb itself. While you sweat and suffer withdrawals, you can be assured that your team of doctors and therapists will be by your side. They understand the pain that you are experiencing and may even be able to provide milder remedies like methadone to help you wean yourself from the harder drugs. In a matter of days or weeks, your body will be completely healed from its desire to use.
Another aspect of holistic healing involves recognizing that you are a part of a universe and that every aspect of your existence impacts the existences of others. Whether you are a religious believer or not, this element of spiritual healing helps you take accountability for your addiction and your actions. You are guided into recognizing that your using affects your family, friends, coworkers, and others. Your counselors teach you to be humble and to surrender your problems with addiction to a higher power if you do believe in God or a spiritual being. When you can accept this part of your recovery, as well as other approaches used to help you overcome your addiction, you can heal completely as a whole person.